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September 06, 2011



My biggest challenge: a picky kid that refuses to try anything new. So far this year, he's only wanted chips. Last year, he'd at least eat a peanut butter sandwich or crackers with peanut butter. So, he gets plain potato chips and water, because he won't eat anything else!

Sabrina D.

Finding something she will eat. She doesn't like thermos lunches, sandwiches or wraps...we usually end up with yogurt but she gets tired of that too!


I also have a very picky eater. He doesn't ever want to take school lunch, and will not try ANYTHING. I end up putting in yogurt and cheese and crackers, because that's about all he will eat. Argh.


my biggest challenge--packing 5 lunches that everyone would eat!


Both of my kids are super picky eaters. I have sent the same.exact.thing for both for the past 2 years. I'm afraid someone will look at their lunches one day and think I'm trying to starve them :(


I have a picky eater who is my biggest lunch challenge. He has texture aversion and will eat almost no fruit/vegetables. We will definately try the V8 fusion to sneak in some extra fruit/veggie servings. The most memorable lunch--- the time I accidentally put a "girl" thermos in my son's lunch bag!


Biggest challenge? "Mom, not ANOTHER sandwich!" I should invest in a Bento lunchbox!

Beth A.

I have a formerly picky eater to pack for. Now he's onto eating more foods. He asked me the other day, "Can we figure out a way to pack some salsa in my lunch?" So now we're looking for a good size insulated tub to put salsa into for his chips. If it means he's eating veggies at lunch, I'll pack him anything he wants.


Can you eat an entire apple at lunch? apparently not. 3 to 4 bites is all you have time to consume... fruit and vegetable juice please


I don't really have 'challenges' in packing their lunches (they'll both eat pretty much anything (2 boys, ages 14 and 11), and eat everything in the bags), BUT, they've been known to sneak purchases of ice-cream, pizza, slushies in the cafeteria lines ($$$ billed to me) which I learn about after the fact.

Because subversive supplementing of their carefully constructed mom-made lunches is apparently MANDATORY!!!! (rolly-eyes) My biggest challenge, therefore, other than the extra item piracy, is packing food that doesn't skeeve me out with regard to being kept cool enough for long enough not to cause a gastrointestinal apocalypse of epic proportion. So far, so good.

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Unsolicited comment: Do you know what I do not appreciate about school lunches? My kids are given very little time to get their food, find a seat, eat their food, and get back to class. This has developed into extremely gross eating habbits at home, which may best be described as wolvorine-like manic desperate ingestion of food. Snarling, open-mouthed chewing, growling, ill-mannered lack of decorum.

This is being addressed at home. Fun, fun, fun.


I don't have school age kids (yet!), so I'll tell you my most memorable lunch.

Living in Tennessee, we sometimes had trouble with ants in the summer time. One day I got to lunch, opened up my lunch bag (which zipped closed), and found ants crawling all over my food. Yum!

Apparently, they'd found something sticky and delicious in my lunch bag, and no one noticed them when the lunch got packed that morning.


I need ideas for something besides sandwiches!


We homeschool but my challenge is keeping things interesting at lunch time. I tend to get stuck in a rut trying to keep things simple and easy. I am going to do some better planning this year. What a fun giveaway!


My biggest challenge is that all my son wants when I pack him a lunch is PB&J. Oh, and a piece of candy. The one time he wanted turkey I had a mental breakdown in my own mind of how that was going to stay cold. So that's two :-)


My biggest challenge is packing a lunch that my 10yo will actually eat! He is the pickiest kid, and even when I have him make his own lunch (within paramaters) he still brings it home uneaten most of the time. GRrrrrr! (Love V8 Fusion!!)

Cheri M.

My biggest challenge is my 8 year old daughter. She is NOT a picky eater but for some reason she doesn't like to eat lunch at school. At home, she's a bottomless pit. But her lunchbox (no matter if I pack exactly what she asks for) often comes home almost full. We definitely should try that V8 Fusion...sounds like at least I could get some fruit/veggies in her that way!

Katie R

Growing up, my lunches were memorable when they contained the "fun" foods that all of the "cool" kids seemed to be eating. Things like frozen Kool-aid Bursts (so that they would be like Slushies at lunch), Gushers, and Dunkaroos stand out. My lunches were generally predictable: peanut butter sandwich, an apple, chips or pretzels, and a dessert.


The challenge is packing something my 8yo will eat that isn't sodium laden. The drag is listening to her complain every day that "everybody else" gets to buy pop tarts or cheetos.


My biggest challenge is that I'm switching to a new preschool where I have to pack lunch and they have strict requirements, no excessive fat or sugar allowed, no juice (sorry V8) and nothing that requires reheating, etc. I'm at a loss as to what to pack for my picky kids!

Snoa Gandy

Two super picky eaters - but I have to say reading the other comments makes me feel better about that. It's nice to know I'm not the only person with kids that won't eat sandwiches.

Stacey Bossio

My biggest challenge is to pack 6 lunches! Different likes, different portion sizes, who needs an ice pack. Not looking forward to the youngest starting school due to her food allergies. So today the kids all got a treat of applesauce in their lunch with instructions to eat it first (so partial containers don't come home) and to wash off their spoons.


I'm just 1 week into packing lunch for my Kindergartener, so my biggest challenge is remembering to do it at all!

Suk Yee

My biggest challenge is variety for my son's lunch. His school does not allow any form of nut related foods.

I also don't want to always give him food that requires microwaving.



My biggest challenge is that his lunchbox isn't big enough for all of the items I need to keep cool since the thermos goes in the big part.

kirsten  e

My most memorable school lunches was when I was a kid and the notes my dad would pack in my lunchbox. They weren't long or sophisticated but they came at a time when my parents were going through a horrible divorce and I would be excited to find a simple "I love you "or "have a great day" note.

becky dunnell

My challenge with packing lunches is getting some variety in my lunch! I work in education and last year I bough my lunch almost every day...now I am trying to take my lunch as much as possible (haven't bought yet and we started back August 17)...but I just want something different.


My biggest challenge is packing lunch for a child that doesn't like sandwiches.


My biggest challenge is in packing for my picky eater, varying cheese sandwiches with mac-n-cheese, cheese ravioli, and cheese and crackers. (I'm not kidding. The kid eats only white and yellow food, plus nut butters, which aren't allowed at his school.) I'm not a fan of non-homemade bread, usually, but I'm kind of eager to try the Goldfish stuff for him... I'm at the "anything he'll eat" point, for often his lunch comes home untouched except for the snacktime Z-bar.

Headless Mom

My biggest challenge is my picky kid: no sandwiches, no cheese and crackers, no veggies and dip. The one thing he will eat is cups of mandarin oranges. Gah!

Karen (from Our Deer Baby)

Growing up the only reason I liked lunches is because there was a huge 'black market' in school trading our lunches for the things we actually wanted to eat. I always managed to get rid of the things I didn't like (like HAM sandwiches, shudder!!!) and get something better in return ^^

When I found out that my kids at school are not allowed to trade lunch box items, I felt a bit upset for them missing out on that part of the fun. I understand why they forbid it, but it's still too bad :D


elizabeth k

No challenge but for paying the bill. ;-)
After 7 years of preparing lunches, often with their help - I found it to be just as pricey to let them eat at school. Unfortunately that means I don't always know the choices they make. I am SO conflicted about this subject. I would love to go with the bento idea, but I think they would not be thrilled with that, and would be given grief about such *odd* lunches. Heck, they got looks when they brought tortilla wraps!!



My biggest challenge is keeping the cold stuff cool (as in temperature) with out looking uncool (as in nerdy) for my high schoolers. I used to freeze juice boxes, but those are uncool. I now just freeze yogurt and use that as an ice pack.

Liz M.

My mother would always send the worst, most embarrassing lunches--thermoses of canned ravioli instead of the cool lunches everyone else seemed to get, and she outright refused to buy juice pouches! Finally, I settled on peanut butter sandwiches, which I ate almost every lunch through elementary school. I'm surprised I can still stand the taste of peanut butter to this day...

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